Mana Mill commissioning on schedule


    MONTREAL, March 19 /CNW Telbec/ -SEMAFO (TSX - SMF) today announced that
the commissioning of the Mana processing plant is progressing according to
schedule. Based on the current timetable, the first gold pour is expected
prior to month end.
    "Ore feed to the mill has been progressively increased with an average of
1,200 tons per day having been processed over the past 14 days," said Benoit
Desormeaux, Semafo's Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer. "We
are pleased to report that the mill is operating on a continuous basis, save
planned shut downs for start-up adjustments and equipment fine-tuning.
    Gold production will commence utilizing the first of two ball mills to be
installed at the plant. The first ball mill will provide a daily throughput of
2,000 tonnes, for an estimated monthly gold production of 4,000 ounces. The
second ball mill, scheduled to enter into service in the third quarter of
2008, will increase daily throughput to 4,000 tonnes augmenting monthly gold
production to 10,000 ounces. Accordingly, Mana gold production for 2008 is
anticipated to be between 60,000 and 70,000 ounces.
    Given the increased scope of the project resulting from the addition of a
second ball mill, engineering work is underway to increase throughput using
both ball mills concurrently. These enhancements are scheduled to be
implemented for year-end.

    About SEMAFO

    Semafo is a Canadian-based mining company with gold production and
exploration activities located in West Africa. The Company currently operates
three gold mines. Semafo is committed to evolve in a conscientious manner to
become a major player in its geographical area of interest, while maintaining
values and strengthening relationships to increase shareholder value.


    This press release may contain forward-looking statements. These
forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements
regarding expectations of the Company as to the market price of gold,
strategic plans, future commercial production, production targets, timetables,
mining operating expenses, capital expenditures, and mineral reserve and
resource estimates. Forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks
and uncertainties and accordingly, actual results and future events could
differ materially from those anticipated in such statements. Factors that
could cause future results or events to differ materially from current
expectations expressed or implied by the forward-looking statements include,
but are not limited to, fluctuations in the market price of precious metals,
mining industry risks, uncertainty as to calculation of mineral reserves and
resources, risks related to hedging strategies, risks of delays in
construction, requirements of additional financing and other risks described
in the Company's documents filed from time to time with Canadian securities
regulatory authorities. Although the Company is of the opinion that these
forward-looking statements are based on reasonable assumptions, those
assumptions may prove to be incorrect. Accordingly, readers should not place
undue reliance on forward-looking statements. Readers can find further
information with respect to risks in the Annual Information Form of the
Company and other filings of the Company with Canadian securities regulatory
authorities available at The Company disclaims any obligation
to update or revise these forward-looking statements, except as required by
applicable law.

For further information:

For further information: SEMAFO: Benoit La Salle, President & CEO, (514)
744-4408,; Renmark Financial Communications Inc.:  Maurice
Dagenais,; Eric St-Pierre,, (514) 939-3989, Fax: (514) 939-3717,

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